Jesus Has Overcome the Darkness.

Homily for Friday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time September 11, 200`1 – a day that none of us will likely ever forget. That day seemed like it stood still, like the world came to a sudden halt, and rightly so because it did. Everything we knew – or, at least, everything we thoughtContinue reading “Jesus Has Overcome the Darkness.”

The Power of God’s Grace can Change the World

In the tradition of the Church, there are only two individuals besides the Lord Jesus who have their birthdays celebrated with a special feast: St. John the Baptist and the Blessed Mother (whose nativity we celebrate today). According to some of the apocryphal writings of the early Church, the story of the birth of Mary is actually quite beautiful.

Fraternal Correction: A Matter of Life and Death

Homily for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A | Please click here for the readings. Over the last couple of weeks now, we have been reading from the Gospel of Matthew, hearing about the interactions between Jesus and his apostles as they traveled throughout the region of Caesarea Philippi. Two weeks ago, asContinue reading “Fraternal Correction: A Matter of Life and Death”

Are We Missing Jesus Standing in Front of Us?

Homily for Friday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time | Please click here for the readings. How many times in our lives have we encountered a moment of change and we raise an objection saying: “But this is how we’ve always done it!”? Those of us who have been in ministry for a longContinue reading “Are We Missing Jesus Standing in Front of Us?”

St. Gregory the Great

Homily for the Memorial of St. Gregory the Great | Please click here for the readings. In the Gospel, we just heard this command from Jesus to put out into the deep and to become fishers of men. I think that it is appropriate that we read this Gospel today on the Feast of PopeContinue reading “St. Gregory the Great”

Preaching the Gospel is Never Easy!

Homily for Monday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time | Please click here for the readings. Preaching the Gospel is never easy. There have certainly been times in my own life when I have experienced that, even recently. As we have just heard, Jesus also experienced that difficulty in proclaiming the Truth. The messageContinue reading “Preaching the Gospel is Never Easy!”

The Passion of John the Baptist

Homily for the Memorial of the Passion of John the Baptist | Please click here for the readings. God often chooses the people we least expect to bring about change, to bring about transformation, to bring us to a moment of conversion. For instance, look at the list of Popes. Many times the men whoContinue reading “The Passion of John the Baptist”

Memorial of St. Augustine

Homily for the Memorial of St. Augustine of Hippo | Please click here for the readings. Yesterday, we celebrated the Memorial of St. Monica. If you haven’t heard the story of St. Monica, she prayed without ceasing for the conversion of her family members, most especially her son, Augustine, whose feast day we celebrate today.Continue reading “Memorial of St. Augustine”

Ezekiel 37: The Valley of the Dry Bones

Homily for Friday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time | Please click here for the readings. This reading from Ezekiel 37 is one of the passages of Scripture that I find absolutely fascinating and I hadn’t really paid attention to this much until a few years ago when a Christian recording artist, Lauren Daigle,Continue reading “Ezekiel 37: The Valley of the Dry Bones”